State of Man

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  • Savant
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"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

State of Man

Forged Lord, nigh the sea

Your borders have offered me less than peace.

Was not your plea that we the poor

Should flee our teeming shores for yours?

 

Demanding of us salt-less chores

Defiantly we stay our course.

We fight your wars but are rewarded least

You documented us as two fifths beast.

 

And what of old Sam Wilson’s niece?

 

Great she stands amidst the brine

Casting light across the sea.

I wish that captive light did shine

Toward the life you promised me.

 

A two score estate

To work without force.

A sack full of seed

And a half breed horse.

 

Instead I see

On the seventh floor

A nine year old girl

With an X on her sores.

 

Oh! Lady of Freedom

Can you not hear our voice?

Adored yet withholding

Those golden doors.

 

And the tempest still sweeps

Through the copper and concrete

From Califia’s kingdom

To the city that never sleeps.

 

Why should I cry at your feet?

When we…

 

Have lifted every voice to say

There is no joy within your plains.

Have drifted very far away

From what you say we stood to gain.

 

We came and with a new name

You blessed me.

Put chains on all my veins’

Ancestry.

Proclaim we’re all the same

But Plessy

Was taken off the train

Helplessly.

 

And He was just an eighth of me.

 

Temptress of Columbia

Your robe withholds what’s underneath

Each fold is for a lie you told

That made us hope we could achieve.

 

I curse you for how proud you stand

Inviting us into your land

In retrospect it would seem

The torch you hold sold me a dream.

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simoneaugustus commented on State of Man

06-08-2010

This is a startling and profound piece that unfortunately paints a very accurate picture, and does so beautifully. You are an incredible word-smith who obviously has incredible talent. Thanks for sharing this moving piece!

Savant

08/12/2010

I just Augustus. Those are very powerful and encouraging words Simon. Thank you and thanks for reading it.

stellar commented on State of Man

06-08-2010

Gives me an overview of what is usA like,,,I love it,,,,this is so modern and captivating....great write and belated Congratulations!!!

Waterwizard2005 commented on State of Man

01-27-2010

I wish you the best. Good poem. Good message. Thanks for writing it.

Teardrops commented on State of Man

12-23-2009

Great poem full of passion and spirit thanks for letting me read your poem

Savant

12/25/2009

Thanks for taking the time to check it out. I appreciate that.

PrecientPoet commented on State of Man

12-23-2009

I wish you the best, though the worst is yet to come, here in the USA.

Savant

12/25/2009

I receive your well wishes and I wish you more of the best. Thanks for taking the time to read this piece.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

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